GOLDNET.MARKET - “We want and are working to provide business with the opportunity to develop a lot of activity areas”

Today, almost all jewellery companies have their own wholesale websites, online stores, and social media pages. But a year ago, GOLDNET.MARKET, the first jewellery wholesale marketplace appeared in Russia, a new effective tool for the jewellery market...

20 september 2021

Platinum’s rare nature gives it additional value and appeal

Huw Daniel is the CEO of Platinum Guild International, overseeing market development activities in China, Japan, India and the USA, on behalf of the platinum producers of South Africa. Before taking up this role in 2015, Huw ran PGI USA for 12 years...

13 september 2021

Marco Carniello: We want to continue to be the engine boosting the jewellery industry

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) is a leader in Italy in the organisation of trade fairs and one of the main operators in the trade fair and conference sector at European level, with structures in Rimini and Vicenza, as well as further sites in...

06 september 2021

There is a significant need for smart and technological financial solutions in the diamond industry

MDPS, the Israeli start-up Fintech company from the Mazalit Group is gearing up to enter the diamond industry soon. Zeev Maimon, the CEO of MDPS is also the Founder / CEO of MAZALIT, a B2B payment platform designed and dedicated to the global diamond...

30 august 2021

The future for synthetics lies in that it has become possible to grow a stone you want and make what you want out of it

Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Exchange and head of the Âme jewelry brand, which uses lab-grown diamonds to produce jewelry, sat for an interview with Rough&Polished sharing his views on the coexistence of natural and man-made diamonds in...

23 august 2021

Civil society warns: pandemic disastrous for artisanal mining

21 may 2020
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(thediamondloupe.com) - In a joint letter, 73 organisations are calling on governments and mining industry actors to increase efforts towards the artisanal and small-scale  mining (ASM) operations across the globe. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the letter says, the already vulnerable artisanal miners, often women, and the communities they support, are becoming even more vulnerable. The report refers to "high value commodities such as tin, tungsten, tantalum, cobalt, mica and particularly gold."
While in some countries, as ASM operations are forced to close because of government restrictions, revenue is drying up, and food prices are rising, the statement reads, creating a devastating impact on the livelihoods of millions of people. At the same time, formal sales channels have collapsed leaving the ASM segment particularly vulnerable for illicit actors who are forcing them to sell at undervalued prices. The signatories call on governments, financial institutions and private sector to work together to safeguard the progress made in the (informal) mining industry, ensure proper and transparent communication and proper health care enabling communities to operate, continue engagement towards formalization of ASM and access to legitimate markets, and focus on continuing to build supply chain due diligence from mine to market.